Nature groups in Drenthe are furious at plans by the provincial authorities to shoot all wild deer and boar crossing into the province.
The council wants to keep Drenthe free of big game to head off damage to crops and potential traffic accidents, RTL news reports on Friday. In addition, wild boar can spread animal diseases, council documents reafirming the policy state.
‘It is incomprehensible,’ André Donker of natural heritage group Natuurmonumenten is quoted as saying. ‘Large areas of countryside such as the Drents-Friese Wold and the Dwingelderveld offer enough room for boar and deer to live.’
Last January, Utrecht province also agreed wild boar and fallow deer which make their way to the region can be shot. However, a maximum 200 red deer will be allowed to settle in the region, the provincial council agreed.
In 2010 a wild boar, which turned up in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland, was shot dead by forestry commission officials.
‘The boar had to be shot because of the zero tolerance policy,’ the forestry commission said in a statement at the time. This means the wild boar population is restricted by law to the Veluwe and parts of Limburg.
Thousands of boar are shot dead in the Veluwe region every year in an effort to keep the population under control and stop the animals spreading into other areas.